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Title IX of the Higher Education Amendments of 1972 is a landmark federal civil right which both prohibits sex discrimination in educational activities or programs as well as addressing sexual violence, sexual harassment and gender-based discrimination. Under Title IX, discrimination against pregnant and parenting students and women in any science, technology, engineering or math program is prohibited, plus both female and male students are protected from sexual harassment associated with any type of school program or activity (regardless of where the harassment occurs).
Sexual harassment is generally defined as any type of conduct or harassment which is unwelcome, is sexual in nature and which denies or limits the student’s ability to benefit from or participate in any school educational program. Gender-based harassment is unwelcome conduct which is based on nonconformity with gender stereotypes or gender identity. This “unwelcome” conduct can include verbal or non-verbal acts, intimidation or any type of physical aggression. All schools are responsible for investigating and responding in an appropriate manner to any allegation of sexual misconduct when the school knows—or should have known—about the misconduct. Grievance procedures and the investigation undertaken by the school must be both equitable and prompt.
If you are a student or an employee in a college or university setting who has just found out that a Title IX complaint was lodged against you, you will soon be facing the Office of Institutional Equity and Compliance investigators. It is imperative that you have an experienced student conduct and Title IX defense attorney by your side from the very beginning—as soon as you know there was a complaint made against you. Office of Institutional Equity and Compliance complaints often go to local law enforcement agencies, which can result in criminal charges being filed against you. Because due process may not be working in your favor when you are being investigated by the OIEC, having an experienced legal team in your corner, fighting aggressively for your rights and your future can make all the difference in the eventual outcome of the complaint.
Do not try to handle this matter on your own—this is a very serious matter. Perhaps you are totally innocent of the allegations, or perhaps you have an explanation which needs to be heard. The highly experienced Title IX defense attorneys at Mertes Law can handle any Colorado student school district conduct complaints, including those which involve assault and sexual conduct matters. Contact Mertes Law today at 303-440-0123 and we can help you fight these serious charges.
Title IX is a federal civil rights law that was passed in 1972. Enacted as a follow-up to the Civil Rights Act, it was meant to prohibit gender based discrimination in all educational programs that receive federal funding.
Title IX prohibits gender based discrimination in publicly funded educational programs, so behavior that creates a hostile environment for a person based on their gender could be a violation of Title IX, including sexual harassment, sexual assault and violence, intimidation, and retaliation for accusations.
Generally, a Title IX respondent is someone who is alleged to have violated a university or college’s sexual misconduct policy. Often these accusations involve claims of sexual assault, domestic violence, sexual harassment or gender discrimination.
The penalties for a Title IX violation include: suspension, expulsion, loss of scholarship, the withholding or revocation of a degree, loss of employment, forced restitution, required counseling and more.
An experienced Title IX defense attorney will be able to help a respondent by: explaining the process and policies used by their school, explaining the rights of the respondent, helping to gather information and evidence, helping create arguments to rebut the claims made against the respondent, drafting documents, coaching and preparing the respondent for investigative interviews, helping present facts and a consistent and clear narrative, helping with any adjacent criminal charges, and much more.
Larry Mertes is exceptional. His legal advice, guidance, and compassion resulted in a positive legal outcome and our family healing. He is much more than a talented and educated attorney, he was a beacon of hope and a friend during our families darkest hour.
The Mertes Law Firm handled my case with care, compassion, and the high level of professionalism. I would highly recommend Larry Mertes to anyone needing legal assistance.
I have had fair and great representation with this firm.
Larry and his staff took excellent care of both my husband and I. My injury was not severe but it changed both of our lives. I am not a fan of litigation so I tried to get better on my own. My treatments were costly and I continued to struggle. I had to give up many of the things that gave me pleasure. Larry made me realize that I still had rights even though I had a previous injury. I was not the same person. It was good to have Larry in my corner.
Larry Mertes and staff provided me with exceptional representation in my biggest time of need. After being rear-ended, I attempted to handle everything myself, which ended up feeling like a second job. I was in deep turmoil with paperwork, doctor bills, physical and mental pain, and confusion….and Larry Mertes and his team set up a free consultation immediately. They explained the whole process clearly, and eased my mind by handling the case. I’m extremely satisfied with their professionalism, time, dedication, and care that they showed me and my case. Someone I know recommended Larry to me and now I recommend him to you!
I love Mertes Law. Not only is Larry Mertes a brilliant, thorough, experienced, knowledgeable, and well networked lawyer, he is a kind, intuitive, caring, trustworthy, and genuine person. What seemed like an unfortunate circumstance actually ended up a blessing in disguise, and meeting and hiring Mertes Law was the catalyst. I now have a greater understanding of the insurance business so I can make sure I’m taken care of. The health care professionals Larry put me in contact with matched my personal needs and I’ve retained lasting, cherished relationships, both professionally and personally. Thank you!
We hired Larry to help seal the files of felony charge for my husband that had occurred several years ago. There were a lot of crazy circumstance to the original case/charges that made it seem impossible. It was difficult to do for many reasons but Larry got it done.
They handled a DWI and Criminal Mischief case for us. Very patient and helpful!! The entire staff was GREAT!!!
Larry Mertes handled my DUI case in a very professional manner. I got positive feedback from the start, as he had a lot of questions I never would have thought of when we had our initial consultation. I understood that due to the large number of cases the firm handles, I had to be patient to hear a response back. But it was always a very thorough response, and he made good suggestions. TJ Willard also assisted in my case, and helped me to win my administrative hearing by simply stating the facts and explaining that I was only sitting in the vehicle, and not actually driving it. He had helped Larry a great deal with my case and I would also recommend his services. Larry had recommended a good course of action for me to take to help my case to include gathering as much information and evidence as I could and attending alcohol classes ahead of time for my DUI charge. All of this preparation had helped put me in a good situation. He had presented an excellent argument toward the District Attorney stating that I had not intended to drive, and was merely sitting in the car staying warm to try to figure out what to do next. He also mentioned the arresting officer had no reasonable suspicion for approaching my vehicle because I had tinted windows and he could not see inside. I was also parked legally in a parking garage. The DA had later reached a plea bargaining agreement, and I plead guilty to a reckless driving offense with community service, and my DUI charge had been dismissed. Well worth the cost and peace of mind of maintaining a clean criminal record. I would strongly recommend Larry Mertes for his legal services! Thank you!
Larry and TJ were very adept at handling both my son and the DA in dealing with my son’s felony charges. With some sage advice to take an extra two weeks on bond, my son was able to demonstrate he was trying to get back on track, and the bond officer was able to give an excellent report. TJ was right there helping my son see what he needed to do, and encourage him to keep trying to put his best foot forward with the judge, DA, and bond officer.
Mr. Mertes resolved my case in a expedient and professional manner. I had multiple serious charges and he was able to reduce my felony charges down to a 1st class misdemeanor. He was very compassionate and was always available to discuss my case. From arrest to disposition was only 36 days. He should be appointed to be a judge in my opinion.
The Mertes Law Office did an outstanding job in analyzing each piece of my case and strategizing ways to determine whether or not I was charged fairly. Throughout dealing with me their team stayed on top of everything, made sure I was informed and updated in addition they answered all of my questions promptly. In the end I was able to keep a clean record and received the best outcome due to their recommendations. Mertes Law will not disappoint.
Exceptional law firm and had a great experience with them! 100% recommend 🙂
Larry represented me a few times for cases involving auto accidents and he never ceased to impress. He understands the system and insurance companies very well and always painted a clear picture of what the plan was. His coaching for times when I had to speak, like depositions, was always on point. He referred me to great doctors who helped me get healthy and whose reports helped aid our case. Whenever Larry was wasn’t immediately available, the staff was always eager and willing to help. Beyond being great at what he does, Larry also took interest in my personal life by getting to know me and ensuring the legal process didn’t derail everything else in my life. He cared from day 1 and it has always been appreciated.
Mertes Law Firm has helped our family in many ways! They are smart, thorough and willing to step outside the box to find solutions. In times of much stress, they can be counted on to provide information in a format that is easy to understand. I cannot recommend them enough.
I’ve recently used Mertes Law and cannot be happier with their service. Both Larry and Pete made me feel welcome and helped ease my worries about possible outcomes. They always kept me in the loop and made sure I understood all of my options before I made a decision. If it wasn’t for their professional guidance, I wouldn’t have had the outcome I received. I’m so happy and grateful I chose them to help me. I would never use anyone else and highly recommend them both.
Larry and his staff have been great resources for my family and I. Providing excellent guidance in a timely and fashionable manner. Highly recommended.
Larry Mertes is a dedicated and experienced attorney committed to putting the needs of his clients first.
Larry and his team were beyond great! It was such a relief to hand my legal issues over to them so that I could focus on healing after my car accident. The folks at Mertes Law worked hard on my behalf and got a great settlement. I’m very grateful for everything they’ve done. Thanks, Larry, Karen, and Mariah!
Successfully defended a CU student in a Title IX Sexual Misconduct claim alleging non-consensual sexual contact and sexual intercourse on campus at CU Boulder. No criminal charges filed, client found not responsible.
Burn injury case at a nursing home in Boulder, settled for $675,000.
Slip and fall accident at a fast food restaurant in Longmont, settled for $82,500.
Personal injury case in Denver tried for a verdict exceeding policy limits ($390,990 with costs and interest).
Negligent snow board accident at a ski resort, settled for $225,000.
Professional malpractice claim in El Paso County, settled for $140,000.
Car accident in Longmont resulting in a brain injury. Settled for $350,000.
Bicycle accident in Boulder County resulting in a damaged shoulder. Settled for $120,000.
Rear-end car accident in Boulder, settled for $245,ooo.
Sex assault trial involving a religious cult in Boulder. Resulted in a not guilty jury verdict.
Second degree assault charge in Boulder reduced to a misdemeanor menacing charge.
Sex assault on a cognitively impaired person charge in Boulder that resulted in a not guilty jury verdict.
Domestic Violence and second degree assault charge in Longmont reduced to a misdemeanor with deferred sentence.
DUI charge in Weld County reduced to Careless Driving.
DUI charge in Longmont, reduced to Careless Driving. Work up of the client’s medical condition resulted in a plea result, but also saved the client from blindness when an untreated glaucoma was identified as a causal factor.
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